Susan M. Drake
Susan Drake began her career as a high school teacher teaching physical education and health, English and science. Challenged by disciplinary issues, she discovered the solution for her was engaging students through an interactive and relevant curriculum. Many times, this interactive relevant curriculum was integrated because it was set in a real-world context. When she went on to graduate school, she found academic theories to support her personal educational philosophies. She earned her Ph.D. in 1989 and has been exploring two pathways ever since: integrated curriculum and narrative. Today she is a Full Professor at Faculty of Education, Brock University, Ontario, Canada. She has been heavily involved in integrated curriculum as a researcher, teacher and consultant for over 30 years. She also uses her narrative research as a vehicle for personal and professional change as well as for transdisciplinary curriculum design. As a researcher, she looks at the big picture of educational reform and is especially interested in innovation that is occurring globally. She has presented in China, South Korea, Viet Nam, Australia, Turkey, the United States, the Netherlands and Canada. She has authored or co-authored 10 books and numerous articles that explore integrated curriculum.
As a high school teacher of English, drama, history, and geography Joanne noticed how these subjects overlapped in skills and assessment tasks. This observation prompted an interest in integrated curriculum which continues to this day. Joanne joined the assessment and reporting branch of Ontario’s provincial Ministry of Education where she became involved in the development of the provincial cross-curricular literacy assessment. This experience forced her into an unexpected period of reflection and professional change. In 2016, Joanne returned to university to complete her Ph.D. in cognition and learning. Her articles and a book co-authored with Susan Drake have focused on innovative curriculum design, fair and relevant assessment practices, interdisciplinary disciplinary skills and learner attributes. She applies these interests to her work at Brock University and as a consultant for school boards, professional licensing organizations, and private companies administering large-scale examinations. Dr. Reid researches and writes about assessment, particularly test design, curriculum, and 21st century competencies - often all three together. She has presented in Canada, the United States, China, and Viet Nam.